Friday, September 18, 2015

No Pinoys reported hurt, missing in Chile quake –DFA

No Filipinos have so far been reported injured or missing in Chile after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake shook the South American nation on Wednesday evening, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

"So far, we have not received any report of Filipinos affected by the earthquake. We'll get it (updates) when it arrives," DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said in a text message.

According to Jose, there are 300 Filipinos currently living and working in Chile. The Philippine embassy there is located in the capital of Santiago, a city near the epicenter of the earthquake.

The quake hit 46 km (28 miles) from Illapel City just 210 km (130 miles) north of Santiago, leaving it without electricity or running water.

CNN reported that three people—a 35-year-old woman, 20-year-old woman, and a man in his 80s—died in accidents or medical emergencies caused by the earthquake.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. explained Balitanghali that the subsequent tsunami predicted by experts after the quake will mostly hit areas near Chile and the French Polynesia.

"Sabi ng Pacific Tsunami Warning System, ang inaasahan nila sa Western side ng Pacific hindi po ganun kataas, less than 0.3 meters. Ibig sabihin nun, 'pag less than 0.3, mas maliit pa sa isang ruler, less than one foot," Solidum said on the possible effects of the tsunami on the Philippines.

"Itong nangyaring tsunami ay hindi naman ganun kalaliman, actually mas mababaw kesa sa normal. Posible ngang mahigit one meter ang mangyari sa Chile. Kapag 8.3 lang, ang enerhiya ng tsunami ay nababawasan palayo, 'di ito masyadong inaasahang makakatawid ng mataas para sa kabilang dako ng Pacific Ocean," he added.

PHIVOLCS is still surveying Hawaii and other areas vulnerable to the tsunami to observe any effects that might reach the Philippines. —KBK, GMA News

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